Forgive me if I'm wrong here... but isn't all this talk of organic
panels kind of off the mark? Sure the panels themselves can break down, but I'm guessing that wouldn't happen for many thousands of hours (10,000+).
The people who have had the most obvious problems with image degradation in the 1,000 to 4,000 hour range are having their blue polarizer go bad. If you ever take your projector apart, you will realize pretty quick that the polarizer has nothing to do with the LCD panel itself. It is just a little piece of plexiglass with a polarizing film stuck to it. The film itself breaks down over time due to heat from the lamp. I'm not exactly sure why the blue one seems to go bad faster than the red or green one though.
Anyway, until they come up some sort of p2Fine Long Life Polarizers©
, I think people are still going to be affected by this problem in LCD projectors. That said, I'm still an LCD user as I'm very susceptible to DLP rainbows and LCOS/SXRD is still just
out of my comfortable price range for toys.